Dams record second highest inflows in 50 years

THE second highest inflows in dams in 50 years have been recorded countrywide, following incessant rains.

The dams received 47,5 percent inflows between the end of October last year and the end of January this year.

This had not happened in 46 years as higher inflows were only recorded in 1974 when 48,6 percent was received.

In a statement on Twitter, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) said the development should result in local authorities improving water supplies to areas under their jurisdiction.

“Between the end of October when the rains started and January 31, 2021, our dams gained 47,5 percent inflows only second to the 48,6 percent inflows recorded at the end of January in 1974. The inflows are the second-highest to be recorded between October and January since 1970,” said Zinwa in a statement.

“All those involved in the value chain should see to it that the water benefits the citizenry. These include our local authorities that supply water in the urban areas.”

Zinwa said the country’s dams were 89 percent full and several dams were already spilling.

The improved inflows should be sweet news for farmers involved in irrigation farming post the rainy season.

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